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Araneus mitificus

(Kidney Garden Spider)

Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Kidney Garden Spider


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Family Araneidae

Orb weavers comprise a huge family of spiders, of which there are several hundred species in North America. These spiders vary greatly in color, shape and size, measuring between 2 - 30mm (1/16 -- 1 1/4") long. They have eight eyes arranged in two horizontal rows of four eyes each. The males are generally much smaller than the females and commonly lack the showy coloring of their fairer sex. They often spin their own smaller orb web near an outlying portion of the female's, and I've noticed most males give the females wide berth. Indeed, I rarely see male orb weavers, they are so reclusive. [1]


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Afraranea mitifica Yaginuma & Archer • Aranea mitifica B�senberg & Strand • Araneus mitifica Tikader • Araneus nawazi Levi • Epeira mitifica Simon • Zilla nawazi Dyal • Zygiella nawazi Roewer


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: 05-Jan-2008

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Araneus

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 7 species and subspecies in this genus:

A. bicentenarius (Orb Weaver) · A. gemmoides (Barn Spider) · A. iviei (Orb Weaver) · A. marmoreus (Marbled Orb Weaver) · A. mitificus (Kidney Garden Spider) · A. thaddeus (Lattice Orbweaver) · A. trifolium (Shamrock Orb Weaver)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal January 09, 2008:



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Last Revised: 2014-05-07